Letter from the Editor – February 2021

Dear Readers,

February is for Friendship! February 11 is National Make a Friend Day, February 14 is Valentine’s Day, and February 17 is Random Acts of Kindness Day!

As the saying goes, “A true friend knows everything about you…and likes you anyway.” Friendship is a special gift. It’s a little part of yourself that you give to someone else. Every year around this time, friends and loved ones exchange cards, poems, flowers, candy and gifts for Valentine’s Day. Be sure to let your friends know you care, and show them how much they mean to you. See if you can make a new friend too! We have an article this month with lots of ideas on how to meet people and make new friends.

On a side note, did you know that February is a popular month for homeschool birthdays? According to FamousHomeschoolers.net, the following famous homeschoolers were born in February: George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Ansel Adams, Thomas Edison, Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley, Charles Dickens, and Laura Ingalls Wilder. (Laura was taught at home when she was unable to attend school due to distance or weather, and she homeschooled her daughter Rose!)

Of course we can’t forget Presidents Day! Mount Rushmore, the world’s largest stone monument, is a tribute to four Presidents – George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. Do you know what else each of these men have in common? As children, none of them had any regular, formal schooling. They were all self-educated or taught at home!

February is also Black History Month, an annual observance dedicated to celebrating the contributions that the African-American community has made to culture and history. Famous black homeschoolers include: Benjamin Banneker (first African-American scientist), George Washington Carver (agricultural researcher), Booker T. Washington (Tuskegee Institute founder), Louis Armstrong (King of Jazz), Jordin Sparks (singer/actress), Venus and Serena Williams (tennis star sisters).

To all our homeschool readers, writers, and other friends out there, thank you so much for being a valuable part of the Homeschooling Teen community.

Happy Homeschooling!

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